Behind the Poems: Drill Sargeant Dad

Welcome to my series “Behind the Poems.” You can read the other posts here. “Drill Sargeant Dad” was originally published in December 2016 in an online journal called Page & Spine that is no longer active. Drill Sergeant Dad I. Second Grade I came home from school each day with homework, but didn’t need toContinue reading “Behind the Poems: Drill Sargeant Dad”

The Labyrinth’s Archivist Book Review

A version of this book review for The Labyrinth’s Archivist first appeared in The Lesbrary and contains spoilers! Summary The Labyrinth’s Archivist is the first in the Broken Cities series. It follows Azulea, the daughter of the Head Archivist and granddaughter of the former Head Archivist. The Labyrinth contains winding paths and hallways with gates toContinue reading “The Labyrinth’s Archivist Book Review”

Behind the Poems: The Crayola Dance

Welcome to the next installment of my series “Behind the Poems.” You can read the other posts here. “The Crayola Dance” is the last piece published in The Cypress Dome, UCF’s literary journal. As you can see from above, I am not an HTML coder and cannot properly display the poem but this is closeContinue reading “Behind the Poems: The Crayola Dance”

The Sanctuary of Themyscira Book Review

The Sanctuary of Themyscira is the first in the Amazons series by Leila Hedyth. This review first appeared in The Lesbrary. Summary A mysterious group of women rescue Kylla from imprisonment and throw her into an otherworldly adventure on the mythical island of Themyscira, home of the legendary Amazonian women. However, the paradise of aContinue reading “The Sanctuary of Themyscira Book Review”

Behind the Poems: D Major

Welcome to the next installment of my “Behind the Poems” series. Check out more of these posts here. This is another poem published in my alma mater’s literary journal, The Cypress Dome. It’s one of my earliest forays into acrostic poems and it set off my love for the format. D Major Calloused fingertips pressContinue reading “Behind the Poems: D Major”

We Now Return to a Bi-Weekly Schedule

I pulled back from blogging for the last couple of years to give myself time to recalibrate. My work/life schedule became overwhelming and I couldn’t fit blogging in as much as I used to before. But I find myself at a steadier pace these days with a better grasp on my time. So, I’m goingContinue reading “We Now Return to a Bi-Weekly Schedule”

Behind the Poems: Leonids

Welcome to the second installment of a series I’m doing called Behind the Poems. You can see the first post here. I had the great honor of having one of my earliest published poems accepted at The Cypress Dome, the literary journal from my alma mater, the University of Central Florida. This poem, workshopped inContinue reading “Behind the Poems: Leonids”

Behind the Poems: Making Mom’s Meatloaf

This is my first installment of a series I’m calling Behind the Poems. Let’s start with my first-ever published poem, “Making Mom’s Meatloaf,” posted below. She teaches me how to make it because I asked her to.I stare at the stuff that’s going to make this delicious dishand drop my mouth in horror. “It’s okay,”Continue reading “Behind the Poems: Making Mom’s Meatloaf”

How to Find Diverse Books

While many readers often want to diversify what they read, they sometimes have trouble knowing how to find diverse books. Below you will find my collection of book databases to help you on your reading journey. I plan to keep adding to it the more I find. And if you have any websites or appsContinue reading “How to Find Diverse Books”

Behind the Poems

I’ve been thinking of starting a series called “Behind the Poems” that I mentioned a couple of weeks ago on my Instagram. Growing up with MTV and VH1, I may have been inspired by the Behind the Music series. I plan on discussing inspiration behind my poetry, why I chose their structures and more. I’llContinue reading “Behind the Poems”